Brian Maher is the mayor of Walden, New York. Shortly after he was elected, a petition came across his desk calling for “safer communities.” And, being someone who supported motherhood, apple pie and safer communities, he signed it. Little did he know, though, that the petition was actually a carefully designed trap set by Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” group to get mayors to unwittingly join his anti-gun advocacy organization. And once Brian realized that his name was being touted by MAIG to pad its membership list, he found that getting off that list is as hard as trying to close your Facebook account . . .
From an article at Misfitpolitics.co:
The organization never asked for permission or asked for approval to use my name to promote their agenda. Never was any information disclosed to me about the organization being in favor of gun control or that they would use my position as Mayor to spend millions of dollars to try to take away the rights of legal gun owners. I, like several other Mayors around the country were defrauded by Bloomberg and MAIG.
Once I learned of their deceptive ways, it took several months to contact the organization as they concealed information about the people behind the group. After several attempts and requests to be removed, I did finally receive a call from a representative of the organization attempting to “buy me off” by promising political donations in return for my continued membership.
It was not until I declined this payoff, that my name was finally removed.
So, not only does MAIG use deceptive practices to add mayors to its group, but it then tries to bribe them to stay. That’s not really the way Michael Bloomberg pitches the org to the media, is it?